No Way Out! #1

Saturday, July 27, 2019

“Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake” (John 13:22 KJV).

Look, the disciples have no way out!

We will read today’s Scripture in context: “[21] When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. [22] Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake.” The Greek word for “doubting” here is “aporeo,” from a word meaning, “to depart;” the Greek prefix “a–” negates the idea of the root. Literally, it translates to, “no way out.”

Jesus has uttered some difficult words. He Himself is bothered. The disciples’ minds are wandering as they glance at one another. Who in the world among them could possibly want to stab Him in the back? After all, they have become good friends—like family members—over the last three years. They have traveled together, eaten together, and rested together. In a million years, they never expected a traitor was in their midst. Who is it?! Who is it?!

“[23] Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples [John?], whom Jesus loved. [24] Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake. [25] He then lying on Jesus’ breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it? [26] Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. [27] And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly. [28] Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him. [29] For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor. [30] He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night.”

Even now, after Jesus has revealed more information, the disciples do not grasp what is going on concerning Judas Iscariot….

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